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I'm just wondering if I can get replacement piston rods for my Emerald Night, since the rods are easily the least impressive part of the model. I'm wondering if there is a form of kit that can make the rods look more like one of a real train? (Shown Below)

Real Train Piston Rods

Also, anyone have a fix for the jamming issue? I think I have a temporary fix but I'm not sure.

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  • Can you describe in more detail what you mean by "the jamming issue"? Dec 15, 2015 at 17:54

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There is a Bricklink store that sells custom-made train driver rods. I've never bought any so I can't speak to the quality. There are supposedly limitless varieties possible but given that you're looking for one that matches a set you should be able to find some already-made for that set.

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Regarding the jamming issue, the most common problem is when the wheels aren't properly quartered. When building, the pin holes for the pistons on one side should be at 12:00 (top) and on the other side at 3:00 (front). This helps prevent jamming.

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I found building instructions for a BR 23-001-L that has a more realistic look on the pistons.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n8uh-DBLFg

BR 23-001-L

Here is a pdf tutorial on what to think about when modelling steam engines in LEGO. There are pictures of different examples that has various solutions for pistons.

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